May 31 marks the second edition of the Vienna International Gaming Expo, with the contemporary Meliá Vienna hotel located in Austria’s highest skyscraper, the DC Tower, set to host the upcoming event. The day will signal yet another opportunity for individuals associated with the gaming industry to take part in learning and networking.

The agenda of the conference will be focused on the latest compliance developments in several regions including Romania, Italy, Austria and Malta. Panels will be created to discuss the use of blockchain, eSports, AR/VR, customer retention, artificial intelligence, daily fantasy sports and more, according to the May 2, 2018 press release.

Speakers have been lined up for each category to provide insight to attendees and it was recently announced that the latest speaker to join the Expo’s eSport panel is Tom Lemke, the General Manager at Unikrn Germany.

The eSports industry is growing rapidly and gaining in popularity around the world. The growth and development of this category is why VIGE2018. will be hosting a special panel focusing on the subject. The scheduled panel is titled “eSports—growth opportunity for European operators” and will feature several speakers alongside Lemke, including the Founder of Game Mentorz Daniel Sherlock, Vice President of the German eSports Association—ESBD Niklas Timmermann and Head of Communications and PR with eSport Verband Österreich – ESVÖ of Austria Manuel Haselberger.

Tom Lemke has a long history in the esports industry, having first started his career in 1999 playing the game Counter-Strike at the highest German level. By 2007, Lemke began a career in the betting industry and by 2012, had created an eSports book offering advice on such games as League of Legends and Starcraft 2.

In 2015, Lemke was part of a start-up in Seattle called Unikrn and worked as the VP of Business Development. Two years later, he was promoted to General Manager and now oversees the betting operations in Europe and is the leader of the German Unikrn team. The Unikrn company is considered a world-leader in the eSports betting industry, offering virtual tokens for wagering known as Unikoins.